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Berlusconi reportedly eyes Seedorf as Allegri’s replacement

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It’s only a matter of time before Silvio Berlusconi imposes himself on Adriano Galliani and forces the Milan vice president to get rid of Massimiliano Allegri. At least, that’s what’s left to infer as Milan’s president continues to openly question his coach, undermining the Rossoneri boss despite the fact a summer of upheaval and a season of potholes haven’t prevented Allegri from guiding his team to third.

Starting the day one point ahead of Fiorentina, Milan’s still not assured Champions League soccer next year, though it’s unclear whether clearing that plateau will matter. According to today’s La Gazzetta dello Sport, Berlusconi has already identified the man he wants on the sidelines next year and is intent on overrunning Galliani’s support of Allegri.

Over the course of 10 seasons at Milan, Clarence Seedorf made himself into a club legend before moving to Botafogo last summer when his contract would not renewed. It would then be a sweet irony if his star power and ties to happier days replaced Allegri, seeing he was part of the mass exodus that’s contributed to Milan’s current state. Though it’s unclear if the Dutch midfielder is willing to hang up his boots and leave Brazil, Berlusconi’s telling those around him that he wants Seedorf to coach Milan.

Of the 19 players who logged the most Serie A minutes for Milan last season, 10 have left, a group that includes Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva. The turnover led to a terrible start, one which put Allegri’s job in jeopardy, yet the Rossoneri have stabilized. They’re nowhere near the level that won them the scudetto two years ago, but that kind of performance can’t be expected amid so many changes. Having Milan on the cusp of Champions League is achievement on its own.

But Milan’s taken one point from the last three games, and they collapsed in Champions League against Barcelona. There’s room for Berlusconi to write his own narrative. If that story includes bringing back a legend, it makes it easier to tell, even if that legend has no experience on the sidelines.

To replace somebody he never seemed to like, Berlusconi doesn’t need facts as much as hope.

Follow Live: Chelsea vs. Liverpool at the Rose Bowl

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 11:  Roberto Firmino of Liverpool is closed down by Nemanja Matic of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield on May 11, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Premier League powers Chelsea and Liverpool tangle Wednesday in the Rose Bowl as both clubs prepare for their first full seasons under two coaches.

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Sadio Mane, Loris Karius and Marko Grujic start for Liverpool, while Chelsea has a lot of familiar names in the fold for the International Champions Cup match.

Liverpool: Karius, Randall, Lovren, Klavan, Moreno, Stewart, Ejaria, Grujic, Mane, Coutinho, Firmino.

Chelsea: Begovic; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Terry, Aina; Fabregas, Matic; Willian, Traore, Loftus-Cheek, Moses. Subs:

Borja goal leads Atletico Nacional to Copa Libertadores title (video)

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Get into space and good things will happen.

That’s how Miguel Borja scored the goal that gave Atletico Nacional an edge that would stand up in the Copa Libertadores final on Wednesday in Medellin.

Borja’s goal gave Atletico Nacional a 1-0 win over Independiente del Valle in Wednesday’s second leg after a 1-1 first leg in Quito.

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Colombia’s Los Verdolagas hadn’t won a Copa Libertadores title since 1989, and the match was its first final since 1995. It was Ecuadorian side Independiente del Valle’s first final.

Atletico Nacional’s Orlando Berrio traded goals with Independiente’s Arturo Mina in the first leg.

Two Newcastle players set for combined $60 million from Barca, Real Madrid?

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 28:  Newcastle player Jack Colback (r) celebrates his goal with Ayoze Perez (l) and Moussa Sissoko during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Everton at St James' Park on December 28, 2014 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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Newcastle United purchased Moussa Sissoko and Ayoze Perez from Toulose and Tenerife for combined fees of approximately $4 million.

They stand to make a whole lot more if Wednesday’s rumors are true.

Multiple reports say Real Madrid is set to bid $40 million to pry French international Sissoko from St. James Park, while Barcelona is ready to spend about $20 million to get Ayoze Perez as the fourth fiddle to its MSN attacking trio.

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Perez, 22, has scored 13 goals in two Premier League seasons with the Magpies after arriving from Segunda Division side Tenerfie in 2014, and was linked to Spurs amongst other locales.

But Barca has had trouble finding a player interested in being its fourth striker. Pedro left for Chelsea before last season, and players like Robin Van Persie and Luciano Vietto were tipped to join Barca earlier this summer.

Sissoko, meanwhile, was a feast or famine player at Newcastle this season but brought his A-game under the bright lights of EURO 2016 this summer. Real is reported to be giving up on Paul Pogba to focus on his French midfield mate.

As for Newcastle, Rafa Benitez probably planned on losing Sisssoko but Perez had worked well in preseason with new signing Dwight Gayle and was expected to be a factor this year. It could send Rafa back to the transfer mill, and he’d sure have some profit to spend.

PSG’s Meunier fires a laser versus Real Madrid in ICC match (video)

COLUMBUS, OH - JULY 27:  Thomas Meunier #12 of Paris Saint-Germain F.C is congratulated by Serge Aurier #19 of Paris Saint-Germain F.C after scoring a goal during the first half of the game against Real Madrid C.F. on July 27, 2016 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
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Thomas Meunier is feeling it this summer.

The 6-foot-4 right back had a tremendous EURO for Belgium, and now is starting hot for Paris Saint-Germain after moving from Club Brugge.

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Facing Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup on Wednesday, Meunier scored a pair of first half goals including this absolute laser to beat Kiko Casilla.